The Proposal 2


Your proposal, service offer has progressed, you have assessed the situation regarding the client. We clarified, concerning the customer, the payment delay, requests for change, types of collaboration, etc. Already we have started an estimate of costs and time. The potential impact of the seasons has been considered and the client will be informed in our proposal.

With the information available, we can begin to establish financial cashflows. This will allow us to better evaluate and specify the billing structure. Yes, in a project, we want to minimize the costs of financing. It will also be necessary to ensure that these costs will be considered in the project.

Do not forget to involve lawyers or other advisers who will take a critical look at the terms that the tender suggest. If necessary, suggestions for improvements and some clauses that you will insist on changing.

You have a local, national or international project. The implications are different. In the case of a local or national project, the implications are usually simple, we already know them. The laws may be different if the project goes beyond the local environment. A national project may be subject to laws, regulations or standards different from your current location. For a project in Canada for example, do you have different requirements if the project is not in your home province? The answer is yes, in case of different which court will be able to hear the case. In an infrastructure or real estate project, building codes differ from one region to another. It’s up to you to check.

If the project is in another country or several other countries, what will be the legal system used? Yours, the one from the country that launched the tender or another. The stability of the political system may need to be considered. Can social currents have an impact on the project?

Beyond the legal considerations, you will have to consider the exchange rate on the different currencies that will be used for the realization of the project. A risk that can be partially covered by financial tools.

Will we have to meet the requirements for minimal local content or local hiring?

Do you have to transport equipment in the country? Import constraints are to be studied. How will the material be transported: boat, truck or plane? The costs and times are of course different.

With this level of progress, it would be necessary to review your risk analysis. No doubt new risks will have been identified. In previously identified risks, some may have been eliminated by actions while preparing your proposal or clarifying with the client.

In short, I suggested an overview of some considerations that should be part of the preparation of a service offer.